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Strength For The Frontlines

Oct 6, 2021. Our brains play tricks on us. The modernist era taught us to process everything though the lens of logic, reason, and scientific explanations. So when we see evil at work, we try to make sense of it in left-brain terms. This cultural default leaves Christian leaders under-practiced in dealing with the uprising[…]

Sept 28, 2021. We talk about different kinds of gifts: leadership gifts, spiritual gifts, strengths, aptitudes, talents and skill-sets. However, there is an inner expression that deserves far more attention than it usually gets. #JesusStories: Mark 2 tells of a paralytic man who is being brought on a stretcher by his friends to Jesus. But[…]

Sept 22, 2021 When it comes to healings and miracles, most people consider it a rare exception rather than a common occurrence. The greatest reason for this is the modernist era in which we live; these recent five centuries have been predominately informed by a worldview of logic, reason and the explainable sciences. And yet,[…]

Sept 16, 2021. In our youth things seemed simple; each of us could grab one perspective on any topic and hold onto it as though it was ‘the only way to see it’. But now that we are older, such simplicity no longer suffices. Most adults have fully learned that there are always a couple[…]

Sept. 9, 2021. We are profoundly aware of our humanity. We go to bed tired every night, wake up foggy every morning, and yo-yo between clarity and confusion throughout most days. That is our human reality in this fallen world. And yet we are called to be leaders in the inbreaking Kingdom of Heaven. Hmmm.[…]

Aug 17, 2021. There have been seasons in ministry when I felt I was running unabated and unhindered from anything. I love those times. But then there have been seasons when I felt every step was opposed and every effort was blunted. While I realize there are seasons of planting and seasons of harvest, there[…]

Aug. 10, 2021. Watching your church lose its momentum is an awful feeling. It was 2004 when this happened to us. That year our church dropped in attendance by a dramatic 14%, and that metric would continue for several more years. It was sickening. Sunday after Sunday I could see our people looking around at[…]

July 20, 2021. Every human culture is like a pair of glasses; it allows us to see certain things while at the same time blinding us to other things. This is true of family cultures, ethnic cultures, regional cultures, national cultures, and of course church cultures. In other words, you and I are completely blind[…]

July 13, 2021. We are always in the kettle. In other words, there are negative elements going on in our lives that affects us like the frog that won’t jump out of the kettle so long as it is being heated one degree at a time. This highlights the need for the spiritual discipline of[…]

June 29, 2021. Significant amounts of the scriptural narrative captures the heart of church people, but doesn’t have the same affect on the secular population that fill our towns. Many Christians want to talk about things of faith that stirs them, but when they try their neighbors eyes glaze over. However, to assume they are[…]